Speaking at Muslim outreach

I thought it would be good to give you a brief look at one of the outlines of the power points that I will be doing at the upcoming Muslim outreach. It must be noted that this particular presentation is set up to deal with Islam. However, the points about metanarrative, and fulfilled prophecy have broader applications then just to a Muslim audience. Showing the connections between the Hebrew Scriptures and the New Testament can act as a powerful apologetic in showing the Jewishness of the New Testament.

The Evidence for the Scriptures Can we trust the Bible

The Testimony of Jesus

Jesus verifies the Tanakh(Old Testament)

Jesus verifies the O.T

Jesus knew of the Translations of O.T namely LXX

Jesus is considered a prophet by Islam, and therefore would know is the text was preserved, even in its translations

Jesus verifieds The O.T by various statement

 major Translation

LXX is completed in 250 B.Csome 250 years before Jesus’ birth

Jesus lived in Galilee of the Gentiles

He would have been aware of the LXX

Jesus considered a prophet by Islam

Then We caused Our messengers to follow in their footsteps; and We caused Jesus, son of Mary, to follow, and gave him the Gospel, and placed compassion and mercy in the hearts of those who followed him. Surah 57:27

Muhammad M. Pickthall, ed., The Quran (Medford, MA: Perseus Digital Library, n.d.).

Therefore he would have known if there were any textural corruptions to the Scripture which made them less than the perfect word of God

Jesus verifies the OT

““Do not think that I came to destroy the Law or the Prophets. I did not come to destroy but to fulfill. For assuredly, I say to you, till heaven and earth pass away, one jot or one tittle will by no means pass from the law till all is fulfilled.” (Matthew 5:17–18, NKJV)

“that on you may come all the righteous blood shed on the earth, from the blood of righteous Abel to the blood of Zechariah, son of Berechiah, whom you murdered between the temple and the altar.” (Matthew 23:35, NKJV)

The division of the Scripture in Jesus The Law, Prophets, and The Writings.

Abel (Genesis The Law)

Zechariah   (The last book of the Writings 2 Chronicles 24:20-21)

Cross verification

Peter verifies Paul’s writings as Scriptures

“and consider that the longsuffering of our Lord is salvation—as also our beloved brother Paul, according to the wisdom given to him, has written to you, as also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things, in which are some things hard to understand, which untaught and unstable people twist to their own destruction, as they do also the rest of the Scriptures.” (2 Peter 3:15–16, NKJV)

 

Fulfilled Prophecy

Cross verification between the Testaments

Birth of Messiah

Predicted

Of a Virgin  Isaiah 7:14

“Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a Son, and shall call His name Immanuel.” (Isaiah 7:14, NKJV)

 

Fulfilled

Of a Virgin

“But while he thought about these things, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take to you Mary your wife, for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit. And she will bring forth a Son, and you shall call His name JESUS, for He will save His people from their sins.” So all this was done that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the Lord through the prophet, saying:” (Matthew 1:20–22, NKJV)

 

Death of Messiah

Predicted

Crucifixion

“For dogs have surrounded Me; The congregation of the wicked has enclosed Me. They pierced My hands and My feet; I can count all My bones. They look and stare at Me. They divide My garments among them, And for My clothing they cast lots.” (Psalm 22:16–18, NKJV)

 

 

Fulfilled

Crucifixion

“Then they crucified Him, and divided His garments, casting lots, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet: “They divided My garments among them, And for My clothing they cast lots.”” (Matthew 27:35, NKJV)

 

 

 

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